January 29, 2017

What Four Hours of Television Can Do

I just spent the last four hours on the couch in the living room, eating pizza (as is Sunday night tradition) and watching TV.
Four hours occupied thus has never been so wholesome before.
(Okay, maybe it has, when watching BBC's Pride and Prejudice, but I'm talking about live TV here.)

I first pressed the little red power button on the remote a full hour before my intended show was on. I was pretty sure all I'd find on the one decent channel we have would be corny British comedy shows from the 1980's, which, besides Jeeves and Wooster, is an entire waste of time. But I always like to check to see what's on, just in case.

And dear readers, it paid to check. I was greeted by a kind, elderly British lady, who proceeded to show me beautiful little towns and traditions of England, and made me want to go there very, very badly.

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The show is called Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages, and it's lovely.

After about 45 minutes of yearning for England, the show I had actually come for finally arrived: Mercy Street.  It was excellent, as usual. But tensions are heightened, and the show is getting more dramatic and interesting every time. My attention was equally divide amongst the plot, characters, costumes, and setting. 

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At the ad break at the end of the hour, I had about ten minutes to walk out the stiffness in my legs, grab a drink, and settle down for the next show: Victoria.

Now I'm not sure what you've all heard about Victoria so far, or if you've seen it yet. If you have, please comment below! I'd love to hear you're thoughts! (If you haven't, please also comment below! About anything, I suppose! :) 

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Anyway, the show is so superbly amazing: everything is lush and beautiful, and the characters are so lovable and flawed at the same time, and there's so much intrigue and drama and feelings that words can't describe. 

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There, I included 2 pictures, which means I really love this show!
At the three hour mark, I was ready to call it quits for the night, but alas, I was stayed by an excellent documentary by Lucy Worsley about the 6 wives of King Henry the 8th. If you ever feel like learning, look up Lucy Worsley documentaries. I want to do what she does when I grow up. 

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At the end of this night, I do not feel particularly lazy. I feel enlightened. Cultured. Happy. And quite British. :) 

What are your favorite television shows right now?
Do you ever find a great lineup of TV programs at once?
Have you seen any of these shows? What do you think of them?

January 26, 2017

A Few More of My Favorite Things


Raindrops on roses

A box of cuteness.:

And whiskers on kittens

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Bright copper kettles


And warm woolen mittens

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Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few (more) of my favorite things.

January 19, 2017

Vintage Fun: True Faces of the 1860s

Welcome back to Vintage Fun! Because I love the 1860s so much, this probably won't be the last post about the decade! :) This one's all about the photographs.

Photography was becoming common in the 1860s, and it was usual for people to go to a studio to have their pictures taken. It was still quite an event to get your picture taken, but it was certainly more efficient and affordable than sitting for a painted portrait!

                                Photo Of A Young Woman:

 I used to think that old black and white photographs were boring, but when I look a little closer, they can be really good examples of what people wore. Fashion plates are Barbie-ized versions of fashion, and individual garments that have survived only tell part of the story. Photographs give you a realistic version of what people looked like, and how they wore their clothes; accessories, hair, and all.

                                    Victorian Fashion:

   Sometimes I still have trouble finding a real connection with the people in the pictures; or even imagining them as real flesh-and-blood people! The pictures are mostly so static, but sometimes you'll catch a hint of their true character, in a half smile or a twinkling eye.

Small reticule. Clearly-defined ruched or pleated trim.:

You're probably noticing the basic characteristics of 1860s clothing: a large full skirt, tight around the waist, and buttoned up to a high neckline collar. Belts around the waist, lace collars, and brooches were popular accessories. Trimming dresses was also very popular; both as a fashion trend, and as a way to make worn out dresses look newer during the difficult years of the Civil War. 

Mariquinha Junqueira, wifer of Counsrlor Junqueira. Brazil 1860.:

I love the simple elegance of this dark silk dress. It's interesting to notice that this lady has a bracelet on each wrist, a fan, earrings, and a brooch, which all dress up an otherwise unadorned gown.

I have no idea who these people are but I adore old pictures and those old dresses.:

Here we see some children's fashion. The girl on the right has a shorter skirt than a woman would, as does the cute little one sitting on the lap. I can't say for certain if the toddler is a boy or a girl as boys were kept in dresses until they were potty-trained (remember: only outhouses and chamber pots back then!) The ribbon in the hair makes me think this is probably a girl, but I'm not an expert. :P 

plaid trim:

This looks like quite a fancy lady, with her long dangling earrings, large brooch and buckle, and watch. Talk about accessorizing! I also love the plaid. That is plaid well-done, my friends.


Look at her hair! And her dress looks so silky, I can almost hear it rustling! 

Re-enactor, 1860s -wonderful hair style with braids on the sides - also has belt, pretty drop earrings.:

In a time without electric irons, washers, or dryers, even a row of pleats on the sleeves and the back could have been difficult to manage! Also, look at this lady's hair! And her lovely earrings. :)

Daguerreotype of James Bennett and his wife c.1850, by A.B. Tubbs (George Eastman House Collection):

      Last but not least, here's a picture of an "aww"-worthy couple! 

Did you have a favorite picture from this post?
Do you like this decade of fashion?

January 6, 2017

Fashion is my one weakness(es).

In the spirit of Dorcas Lane (Larkrise to Candleford), I'd like to freely admit that fashion is my one weakness. I really have no others. I am stalwart in all other areas of life. I'm so lucky to only have this one particular weakness, as I'll proudly detail below:


harmonyandrosie's soay:

Cardigans may be my biggest one weakness. I have never met a cardigan I didn't like, only I have found a sad amount that are not in my size. :\ Knit/crocheted cardigans like this are especially cute!


Swingy Chambray Tunic.:

I simply cannot get enough of chambray; it's my one weakness you know. This chambray shirt is about as ideal as chambray's going to get for me though: the color, the texture, the three quarter length sleeves (my only other weakness, I assure you), the ribbing up the front: the length...like I said, it's ideal.

Navy Blue and Toile


Both on their own and together, navy blue and toile print are gorgeous. They are elegant, sophisticated, and refined. And if there are three words to describe my aspirations, they are elegant, sophisticated, and refined. Also known as navy, blue, and toile.

Polka dots (tasteful polka dots, that is)

So cute and classy.:
Note the cardigan AND the navy blue in this picture. Coincidence? I think not!
 Polka dots are super cute, and when worn in good taste, make an outfit (at least!) 10 times more desirable. Good taste meaning not giant polka dots everywhere. And not orange polka dots on red tulle.

Historic Fashions of (nearly) all eras...

18th century:
But especially 18th century!
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I love historic fashion. And if you didn't know that, now you do. It's my one weakness. 

..and  clothes inspired by them.

It's Meant to Bead Dress. Theres a sparkle in your eye when you set your sights on this seafoam dress, and you know that this is the one youre destined to wear on such a special occasion! #mint #prom #modcloth:

I'm drawn to symmetrical patterns, beading, embroidery, and floral things like this. I get strong 18th century vibes from this dress, and I like it. A lot.

Cardigan, navy blue, and toile: check.

So as you can see, fashion is indeed my one weakness. A few other particular bits of fashion that make me especially faint with joy are:
ribbons~rose(color and flower)~lace~pearls~bows~sandals~nautical~the occasional ruffle~pleats
~swooshy skirts~buttons
What are your favorite fashion pieces?

January 1, 2017

Pop the Champagne

Well, if you're 21 that is. Or younger if you live, like, anywhere else in the world. I'm not bitter or anything. It is New Year's though!

~J    BEAUTIFUL NEW YEAR to all my wonderful followers ♥ jasmine:

Anyway, how-dee-do once again, everyone! In case you were wondering, Christmas Eve marked the end of my Advent Calendar. That was it. Was it perfect? No, but it gave me joy to make it and hopefully pleased you all. I have no idea what next year will look like now, but I may do something similar next Advent, although probably more toned down!
How were your Christmases, dear readers? Mine was filled with family and flurry. (Isn't alliteration great?) I received some gift cards, necklaces, a Jane Austen coloring book, a famous artwork coloring book, an illustrated Pride and Prejudice, and an Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg. Oh, and tea! I am quite pleased. :)

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Seeing as it is a new year and all, I thought I'd do the year in review tag. Everything you ever wanted to know about me, coming right up! (Actually I guess I'll put this out there that if you wanted to ask me anything about anything, you can put in the comments and your questions *may be answered!)

What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Lots of things, I'm sure! Like today I made water chestnuts for the first time. And yesterday I played a card game called Citadel. The list goes on...

Did you keep your new year's resolutions and will you make new ones?
Here were last year's resolutions: "stand a little straighter, work a little harder/efficiently, eat a little healthier, learn and read a little more, and live closer to God each day." This year's resolutions: ditto. Plus do more with my hair and makeup, and try to wear perfume every day. Dress nicely. Be classier. And if you've seen Katie Gregoire, don't be stupid or make bad decisions!

Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but my sister-in-law is going to in 2017! 

Did anyone close to you die?
My uncle. 

Which countries/states did you visit?
I went to Colorado on a youth group trip, and to Chicago for a day on a family outing. 

I took this while waiting to get in the Art Institute Museum.

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Travel, a "few" thousand dollars for college, and a sweetheart. 

What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory?
Guys, I'm terrible with dates. But I would be remiss if I didn't say June 18th, my brother's wedding. I already know 2017's etched date: June 4th, graduation!

Did you move anywhere?
As in, move house? Nope! 

What was the best month?
I liked them all. 

♡ Princess of Paris ♡:

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I got accepted to the school of my dreams in Virginia, and I'm going there!

What was your biggest failure?
I applied to work at the library for like the third time (the other times they "didn't need anyone"), and they still rejected me! But it was for the best, I have better/more hours as a waitress now. 

Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Only a few colds and ill effects of wearing too small shoes, but as Mary Musgrove would say, "My sore throats are worse than anyone else's.". Which they truly are, I'm actually prone to really bad sore throats! 

What was the best thing you bought?
I'm not sure; I did buy a lot of nice tea throughout the year! It's from a cute brand called English Tea Shop. 

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Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine! (just kidding) Umm I'll call out the Civil War Trust; they preserve Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields that are in danger of being ruined. 

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Some of my own friends and classmates, actually. They disappointed me. :( 

Where did most of your money go?
To the piggy bank! :) 


What did you get really, really excited about?
I was really excited to end Junior year of high school, and now I'm really excited to leave high school all together! I also was super excited to dance with my friends at a reenactor's ball. 

What was the  best concert you've been to this year?
I went to a Joshua Bell concert this fall, which was spectacular! He's a world-known violinist, and I got his autograph! 

What song/album will always remind you of 2016?
Love Runs Out by One Republic and Maren Morris's My Church. Not the most virtuous song, but catchy. 

Compared to last year, are you:
  • happier or sadder? Happier?
  • thinner or fatter? Let's go with thinner
  • richer or poorer? Richer, but soon-to-be oh so much poorer. :( (College)
#Christmas #presents for people who love to cook:
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Doing, reading, even sleeping, maybe. From a practical standpoint, probably working.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinating! And biting my nails. Ew. 

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Waitress. It is an amazing musical and the songs are super addicting! 
Although I must say, as of New Year's Eve I read some blog posts and discovered La La Land, which I'm currently listening to and loving!

How did you spend Christmas?
I answered this at the beginning of the post so...

How are you spending New Year's?
With family, at home, and watching the Vienna New Year's Concert, which I LOVE. 

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The Vienna Ballet dances to some of the waltzes in beautiful palaces.

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Hmmm probably Emmie, but possibly one other person...

What was the best book you read?
Either Young Pioneers or Northanger Abbey

Did you fall in love in 2016?
No, not love. Like, maybe. But let's hope for 2017!

What was your favorite TV show?
It's a three-way tie between Poldark, Mercy Street, and The Great British Baking Show. 

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What did you want and get?
The college of my choice, a sister, and 3 good jobs. 

What  did you want and not get?
A harp. I mentioned this in my wishlist and it never appeared. Odd.

What were your favorite films of the year?
Like, that came out this year? Love and Friendship. 

Photo of Kate Beckinsale in Love and Friendship:

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 17 and I don't think I did anything special. Had some sort of cake, nice presents, you know the deal.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Not as ideal as my Pinterest fashion board, I can tell you that! I think my concept was whatever looks decent at 6:30 in the morning to a non-morning person. With a touch of class.

What kept you sane?
I don't know, I don't think I was in danger of being insane? Willpower and self-confidence, maybe?

Which celebrity/public figure did you admire most?
Ioann Gruffudd. (aka Horatio Hornblower) The crush deepens *blushes*
Oh wait, you mean admire in a non-romantic way? Kate Middleton or Marine le Pen. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge beamed as they posed for a portrait ahead of the evening reception:

What political issue stirred you the most?
I think abortion has and always will be the issue that is most important to me. May we all live in tyrannical communism for the sake of no abortion for all I care. 

Who did you miss?
My German friend, Carolina, my old piano teacher, and my siblings. 

Who was the best person you met?
Joshua Bell! Also met some neat reenactors. 

Joshua Bell and a 3.5 million dollar violin. Because he's just that good.:

Tell a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Pray! And don't forget to thank God for his blessings, instead of just asking for more/different ones.

Five personally significant events of 2016:
  • I was the Fiddler for Fiddler on the Roof in my high school's musical
  • I truly reenacted (Civil War) for the first time instead of just giving costumed tours.
  • I got a waitressing job that is hard work, but good.
  • I got accepted to my college!
  • I got 2nd chair, first stand in my youth orchestra for a trimester
                                               "Maids of All Work" by John Finnie, 1865:

Five things I want to do in 2017:
  • Go to college (duh) and have fun learning and making friends 
  • Travel to Europe (where this fits in my year/budget, I have no clue)
  • Travel to house museums up and down the East Coast 
  • Reenact more
  • Read all of Jane Austen's works, maybe? Be a better person? The possibilities...they never end.
People I'd like to know better in 2017:
My grandma, my future roommate, and my future husband (because I have no idea who he is) 

And with that, dear friends, happy 2017!